Justify Your Shitty Taste: Iron Maiden’s “The X Factor”

February 9, 2011

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, every Wednesday morning, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The…

Marko Palmén & Thomas Josefsson (Evocation) interviewed

February 8, 2011

What did you get for Christmas? Most kids our age wanted an iPad. But turns out the Xbox 360 Kinect was pretty popular amongst dudes with belly bulges and retirement accounts.Marko Palmén: The best present I got for Christmas was a tour offer for Evocation, which we received the 23rd of December. The offer was…

Meet: Meek is Murder

February 8, 2011

It’s kind of ballsy to mimic the Moz with your band name — but I think the Latino-charming crooner would approve of this NYC band’s Smithsy moniker: Meek is Murder. The Moz is never one to keep his mouth shut, and neither are these guys (listen to the first 25 seconds of “Papercups” from their fall…

Sons of Tonatiuh Tour Diary by Dan Caycedo

February 7, 2011

By Dan Caycedo (Sons of Tonatiuh) The police were in full force. Four days before we left I decided it would be a grand idea to crack my heal bone. So me and the boys went out for a hockey game one night, and jumped off a 5 foot ledge for fun. I went to…

R.I.P. Gary Moore, Guitar God

February 7, 2011

It saddened us to our very boogie-metal core to read about the death of Gary Moore, one of the most dazzling guitar players ever to plug in and rock out. Moore, 58, was found dead in a hotel room in Spain. Best known for his work on Thin Lizzy’s Black Rose, Moore also had a…

EXCLUSIVE: Samoth (The Wretched End/ex-Emperor/ex-Zyklon) celebrates Candlelight USA’s decennial

February 4, 2011

England’s Candlelight Records has without doubt made an impact on the genre of extreme metal.  The home to Emperor’s amazing legacy and the early trilogy of recordings from Opeth, the label has introduced the world to some of metal’s most unique and successful artists. In 2001, the label launched an American division that has since…

For Those About to Squawk: Waldo’s Pecks of the Week

February 4, 2011

Every other Friday, Waldo the African Grey Parrot, frontbird of thrash-grind immortals Hatebeak, will get you caught up on the week’s latest “extreme” releases. Howdy Pecking Crew… The masters of murderous mayhem are back. Macabre release Grim Scary Tales. Their first full-length in eight years, Grim is not a huge departure from Chicago’s most gory….

The Lazarus Pit: Bloodstar’s Anytime – Anywhere

February 4, 2011

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love, stuff that’s essential listening for students of extreme metal that you may not have ever heard of.  Stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for. Last…

Exclusive: Woods of Ypres- “I Was Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery”

February 3, 2011

March 22nd is the due date for Woods IV: The Green Album, the Woods of Ypres’ reissue that is more akin to a tectonic plate shift than a record release. And we now have a clip for one of the band’s heart-trampling creations. A combination of piano balladry and unyielding doom, the track has us…

Ashmedi’s (Melechesh) biographical column & chaotic metaphysical thoughts, Part XVI

February 3, 2011

By Ashmedi (Melechesh) The first column for 2011. And it’s number 16. For a person who used to hate writing I find this quite the accomplishment.  2010 was very productive year. It is the year The Epigenesis was recorded and not long ago released, so I felt a sense of accomplishment and relief. We are…